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It's A Given

Sure, charities and nonprofits benefit from employee volunteer programs, but what about your business?

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For office manager Joan Baron of Alternate Access Inc., a computer-telephony company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the workday is full of little details. But what makes her day even busier is her volunteer work for Project Tanzania, a group searching for solutions to the poverty and famine problems in Africa. Baron occasionally makes time for her volunteer work while on the job, sometimes sending a few e-mails and faxes from the office on behalf of the organization, or taking a few hours away from the office to help out. "[Volunteering] is a part of who I am," she says.

It's also a big part of who Alternate Access' owners, Kelly and Adrienne Lumpkin, are. Throughout the com-pany's 7-year history, community service has offered a welcome diversion from building the company. Adrienne is active in Junior Achievement, and the couple even met while volunteering for a college MBA organization.

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